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Headquarters Relocation, Assurance
Schaumburg, IL
Putting employees first.
Modern design expectations target high caliber talent.
Happy Employees = Happy Clients
In need of a renovation that would express and exemplify their vibrant and innovative corporate culture, and having worked with our design teams several times before, Assurance turned to HED as their trusted partner to renovate their corporate headquarters in advance of their lease expiration at their former space. Their 525-person insurance operation has been experiencing steady growth, and their reputation and youthful culture have been attracting the best and brightest talent in the insurance industry. It was essential that their new space live up to the modern expectations of that high caliber talent.

Working closely with Assurance, HED facilitated planning, design and branding to reflect a playful and energetic character. Oriented around activity, Assurance’s new workspaces are flush with amenities and break out space to promote cross-collaboration amongst professionals serving different industries. The new headquarters includes a front-of-house café with coffee service and snacks, ample conference space, meditation room, mother’s suite and a training center for Assurance University which provides seminars to Assurance’s insurance customers as a free service.
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Results
The new workplace accommodates space for growth by planning for the ability to increase the desk sharing ratio based on Assurance’s work from home policy.
Assurance was able to increase staff headcount by 100 within the same square footage they had in their original space, while simultaneously accommodating a 4,900 SF increase in amenity and collaborative spaces.
Understanding Assurance’s unique culture was pivotal in creating custom experiential graphics that celebrate the company while also acting as wayfinding points throughout the space.
Project Data
Headquarters Relocation 2018-03745-000
Assurance
Schaumburg, Illinois
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation + Addition
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
75,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$6.1 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Enrique Suarez
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Marketing Leader
  • Leonora Georgeoglou
    NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
    Associate Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Chauncey Kingsbury
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Project Management
  • Max Garland
    AIA
    Interior Architecture
  • Laura Pihajlic
    Interior Architecture
  • Kimberly Gora
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Interior Architecture Leader
Modern design expectations target high caliber talent.
Headquarters Relocation, Assurance
Schaumburg, IL
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Putting employees first.